Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with his Japan's counterpart Taro Kono during a meeting in Moscow on July 31, 2018. / AFP / Yuri KADOBNOV
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Russia is allowing thousands of fresh North Korean laborers into the country and granting new work permits in potential violation of U.N. sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.Over 10,000 new North Korean workers have registered in Russia since September, the paper said, citing records from the Russian Interior Ministry.Russia's action potentially violates U.N. sanctions to reduce cash flows to North Korea and puts pressure on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons, the Journal reported, citing U.S. officials.In a report released Thursday by the non-profit research organization C4ADS, it said initial restrictions in China and Russia -- where around 80 percent of North Korean laborers are believed to work -- appear to have loosened.
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